5 Quick Prepping Tips to Do This Weekend

food pantry-1Before the holidays soak up all of your time, spend about 10 minutes this weekend taking care of some tasks that will ensure you are prepped and ready to go should SHTF tomorrow. While we all hope we could see the signs and have a little time to prepare, that isn’t always the case. The best thing you can do is to always be ready. When the warning is sounded or an alert is given, the millions of other people who are not prepared are going to be rushing to take care of all the stuff they put off. You will find the shelves empty and you will be out of luck.

Check out the 5 things you can do this weekend.

1. Check your stock for signs of spoilage. Bulging cans or dripping jars are bad news and need to get disposed of quickly. If you have wood shelves, the leaks can rot the wood and cause serious problems.
2. If you have a shelf full of empty canning jars that won’t be used this season, fill them with water. Put clean lids and bands and you will have extra water, just in case.
3. Do a quick inventory and organize your food into like categories. Putting like foods together helps you do a quick visual to see what you need to balance out the food groups. If you have a lot, take it a step further and put canned corn together, canned beans and so on.meal planning
4. Jot down items that you need or want to add. Put the list in the car so you have it handy. A copy of the list in your wallet or purse will give you a quick reference when you are at the store. Use the memo section on your smartphone to list the items you need.
5. Put together a go bag. This doesn’t have to necessarily be your bug out bag. Something small that includes matches or some kind of fire starter, an emergency blanket, water purification and a multi-tool. This can be stashed in a small ziploc bag or some other small zippered bag. This bag can be quickly packed into a suitcase or tossed in a purse if you have to leave home for a short trip.

These quick tasks will pay off in an emergency. They won’t take more than 10 minutes. Revisiting your storage and tidying up will help you stay on top of things and know where everything is, what you have and what you don’t. The goal is to keep your prepping top of mind. Carve out some time this weekend and get it done!

What Will You Eat After the Apocalypse?

empty shelvesAfter an apocalypse on either a minor or major scale, food is going to be scarce. As humans, we tend to automatically jump to thinking about where our next meal is coming from. While we may be able to technically live several days without eating, nobody is really excited about that idea. Food is comforting. It gives you strength and it keeps your body healthy. You need food so it is pretty normal to think about what you will eat after some calamity befalls us and people have looted the store shelves.

You have several options.

Stockpile Food

This is probably the most obvious option. It ensures you are set up and don’t have to go out hunting for food right away. Storing nonperishable foods that include a variety of freeze-dried, dried and canned goods will ensure your food supply will last for months or longer. If you are dealing with a serious apocalypse, you will eventually run out of food, which leads us to the next options.120-serving-emergency-food-supply (1)

Grow a Garden

A garden will feed you somewhat and that is assuming it is the right season. Many preppers have greenhouses so they have a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables all year round. It is something you should definitely consider.

Raise Livestock

Another thing preppers like to do is raise their own food. Things like rabbits, pigs, chickens and even goats do not require a great deal of space and are fairly easy to raise. Learning animal husbandry that ensures you have a steady supply of food is a very wise idea.

Hunting

This is what many people assume they will be doing a lot of. Hunting will get food on the table, but how often you hunt and how often you actually get something will make a huge difference. You will want to brush up on your hunting skills so you know how to do it when your very life depends on it.

Foraging

This is probably one of the last things anybody thinks about when they think about eating after a collapse. Believe it or not, foraging will be one of the easiest and best shots at eating if you don’t have a stockpile of food. Learn about edible plants now so you have something to eat immediately after a collapse.

Flooding and Your Preps—What Can You Do?

flood-139000_960_720Imagine all of your hard work and the money you invested into stockpiling food is washed away in a matter of hours due to a flood. It would be devastating. You would be left with nothing at a time when you needed it most. Starting over would be daunting. The very thought of spending money on new food stores and emergency supplies would be overwhelming. For some, it would be financially impossible. What can you do to protect your emergency supplies from being washed away in a flood?

Know Your Flood Zones

Your best line of defense is knowing whether or not your home is in a flood plain. This can be researched at your local county office or by searching the government site here. You enter your address and a map pops up to let you know what the likelihood of flooding is in your area. If you are in a flood zone, buy the insurance that specifically covers floods. The majority of homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding.

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If you are in an area where flooding is a possibility, you need to know just how much flood waters you can expect. Is it going to be a few inches or could it be a complete washout? While it is impossible to predict, you can get a general idea by knowing where the flood waters would be coming from. Plan accordingly. Never store your preps directly on the ground. Secure shelving so that the bottom shelf is a minimum of 6 inches off the ground. If you expect higher flood waters, make that bottom shelf a bit higher.

Waterproof Your Preps

Placing your food inside 5-gallon buckets sealed with lids is an excellent way to protect it from flood waters. It would be a good idea to add another layer of protection by placing the food inside Mylar bags or large plastic bags, place the bags into the buckets and then seal the buckets. This will keep the food dry and safe to use. In some rare cases, water may manage to get inside a bucket. If this is the case, toss the food. Never eat food that has been contaminated by flood waters that may harbor all sorts of chemicals, bacteria and viruses.

Flooding can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to destroy everything you have worked to build up. Pay attention to news reports and do what you can to save your emergency supplies, but never risk your life for them. You can always start again.

5 Must-Have Staples for Your Prepper Storage

file0001706313190Every prepper will have their own idea about what should be put on their food storage shelves. That is okay. That is actually very good. No family is going to enjoy the same foods. We all have our preferences and by now you probably know the rule about only stocking what you eat today. With that said, there are a few foods that every prepper should have tucked away for a SHTF situation. These are foods that provide the necessary nutrition needed to stay alive. Not all foods contain the protein you need to keep going. With fresh meat limited and an inability to run to the grocery store, you must have these foods on hand to keep your body in good shape.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a comfort food as well as packed with protein. A little goes a long way. It is filled with a variety of vitamins and minerals that will help keep your body strong as you get used to taking on more manual labor.

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Brown rice is healthier than white rice, but if you can only get your hands on long-grain white rice, it will suffice. Rice will give you the energy you need to keep going. It is rich in iron as well as protein and the calories you need, which will help keep you healthy and strong.

Dried Beans

Pinto beans are an absolute must. They store for decades. They are very filling and high in protein and fiber. Again, it is all about getting the biggest bang for your buck when you are eating for survival. Empty calories are not going to help you.

Nuts

Lots and lots of nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber and good carbs. They are filling and so easy to eat when you are on the move. Before you head out on a hunting trip, fill your pockets with some mixed nuts, almonds, cashews and sunflowers are ideal.

Sprouting Seeds

Alfalfa sprouts or broccoli sprouts are nutritious and can make a plain old sandwich taste spectacular. A tiny bit will go a long way and they are super easy to sprout. All you need is a paper towel and a few days.

These are five things every prepper will want to start stocking up on. Rice and beans can be prepared in a variety of ways so you don’t get bored. The sprouts add flavor to a dull piece of bread. Nuts are great for satisfying that need to snack and peanut butter, is just good all the way around.

Don’t Get Caught in the Canned Food Trap

cansThere are plenty of preppers who put a great deal of faith, money and time into stockpiling cases upon cases of canned food. They shun other options like freeze-dried or dehydrated for various reasons. This is a dangerous practice. A good food storage will have a variety of foods in varying forms. Eating the same thing day in and day out isn’t only boring and repetitive, it can also make you sick.

There are some downsides to canned food that should be noted.

  • Most canned foods are high in sodium and nitrates that can increase risk of dehydration
  • Canned foods are heavy and require sturdy shelving
  • You are limited to certain foods
  • Once you open a can, you have to eat it all if there is no refrigeration

Now, to be fair, canned food is probably the most easily accessed and can be purchased anywhere and everywhere. It is also relatively inexpensive.

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Freeze-dried food is a viable option that should be considered. Yes, it is more expensive, but it will last for decades or longer. You can buy freeze-dried food in full meals. Things like beef stroganoff, spaghetti and meatballs and chicken and rice are just a sampling of the meals available. You can also purchase a variety of freeze-dried products like sliced sliced potatoes or freeze-dried egg powder that can be used to create a delicious meal.

Freeze-dried food needs very little water to transform into a typical meal. In fact, you need less water to reconstitute freeze-dried food than you do dehydrated food. Freeze-dried food is a little harder to find and will often need to be ordered online. Many companies will offer free shipping if your order reaches a certain dollar amount.

Dehydrated

Dehydrated foods are popular with preppers because they can be eaten as is if it isn’t possible to reconstitute the foods with water. Dehydrated foods are also much cheaper than freeze-dried, but are more expensive than canned. However, plenty of preppers have learned the art of drying their own food at home to save money.

Fruits, meats and vegetables can all be dehydrated. While you would typically buy dehydrated foods individually, you can put together soups and stews that are made up of a variety of dehydrated ingredients and store those on the shelves. Keep in mind, dehydrated foods take hours to reconstitute and do best with hot water. Dehydrated ingredients are best used in stews and soups where they can cook slowly and absorb the other flavors.

Don’t get caught in the trap of only stocking one type of food. Diversify your food storage and you will be happier for it when it comes time to rely on it after a disaster.

Prepping Isn’t Just for Doomsdayers

Prepping has gotten a bit of a bad reputation. When certain people hear the term, they automatically think of country folk wearing tinfoil hats and running around hiding in underground bunkers waiting for the sky to fall. It is a stigma that true preppers have been stuck with for decades. Most don’t care, but it is only right that anybody who believes that silly story knows the truth. Prepping isn’t about preparing for outrageous events that can never happen. Prepping isn’t about dressing up in camo and hiding in the trees. It is about preparing to keep your family alive through any scenario—including every day life. Outrageous events happen all the time!thunderstorm-567678_640

For those who are convinced nothing bad ever happens, including war, natural disasters or just bad luck in general, it is them who should take a look in the mirror and adjust their tin foil hats. Bad stuff happens. It is a fact of life. It doesn’t matter if you are in the midwest, the northeast or the northwest. Things happen in life.

The following are some of the reasons people prep. You will notice foil hats have nothing to do with these scenarios.

*Natural disasters—it doesn’t matter where you live, Mother Nature is there and sometimes she gets a little testy and throws a heck of a storm just for fun. It could be torrential rains that cause flooding and leave people stuck in their homes for a day or two or it could be violent snowstorms, major tornadoes and hurricanes or even a wild thunderstorm. It doesn’t matter where you live. A storm can leave you cooped up in your house for days.

*Civil unrest or rioting. Yes, we have seen this happening more and more. Sure, you can take your chances and head on down to the 7-11 to buy that loaf of bread where angry folks are rioting or you can stay home and watch it all on the news while you enjoy your canned food and other munchies from your emergency supply.

*Act of war or terrorism—you never know. While this one is thankfully rare in places like the UK and the US, you never know. That is why people prep because it has happened and it is unpredictable.

emergency*Medical emergency leaves you unable to work. What if you or your spouse or your child gets extremely sick and you cannot work. Sure, you may be able to scrape by and pay the mortgage and utilities, but buying food and other supplies could be tough. Having a backup supply ensures you will be able to feed your family even when times are tough.

*The loss of a job. Nobody has guaranteed job security. Even if you find another one, there is going to be a few weeks without pay. A few weeks where money is going to be short. Having an emergency food supply provides you a cushion that allows you to fall back on it when things are tough.

If you are not convinced, know this; it is always better to have and not need than to need and not have.